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Faculty approaches to working life issues in engineering curricula
KTH, School of Education and Communication in Engineering Science (ECE), Learning. (HÖGSKOLEPEDAGOGIK)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7496-2435
KTH, School of Education and Communication in Engineering Science (ECE), Learning.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2983-5573
KTH, School of Education and Communication in Engineering Science (ECE), Learning.
2014 (English)In: ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings, 2014Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to identify faculty approaches to working life issues in engineering education. The paper focuses on faculty attitudes towards working life issues and their integration into the curriculum and on activities related to working life introduced to the curriculum. We used a mixed methods approach and performed a survey and interviews at a single faculty research intensive technical university in Sweden. The results show that faculty members are positive towards integrating issues from working life into the curriculum. The findings show no support for the academic drift hypothesis, at least not as regards staff drift. The findings also show that faculty members with more work experience outside academia are more interested in including work related issues in their teaching, while faculty with less work experience are less interested. Faculty rate critical thinking, problem solving, new solutions and technical knowledge as the most important knowledge, skills and competences in the engineering profession. The most common ways to integrate working life issues are to use examples from their own work experience, guest lectures or case studies, while programs with more extensive connections to industry offer more integrated activities, e.g. projects with industry. Programs with more extensive connections to industry also seem to use professional contacts established through research in their teaching.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014.
Keyword [en]
Curricula, Professional aspects, Critical thinking, Engineering curriculum, Engineering profession, Faculty members, Integrated activities, Skills and competences, Technical universities, Work experience, Engineering education
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Learning
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Education and Communication in the Technological Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-162190Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84905165381OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-162190DiVA: diva2:809305
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121st ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: 360 Degrees of Engineering Education, 15 June 2014 through 18 June 2014, Indianapolis, IN
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QC 20150623

Available from: 2015-05-01 Created: 2015-03-23 Last updated: 2015-06-23Bibliographically approved

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